Thursday, April 20, 2017

He's Only Been Dead, What, 10 Years?

Pavarotti, that is.  Trump said they're BFFs.  Like, Now.

The look on the Italian prime minister's face is priceless.

Here's the whole video.   But for the comment, the WaPo's video is on the link above.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Later, Pig.

Who cares who replaces him?  Anyone is better than this scumbag.

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Here's the letter.....


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ether Bunny

So the First Dimwit has screwed the American children now.....

For 138 years, the annual Easter Egg Roll has been the biggest single public event held at the White House, attracting over 35,000 Washington-area schoolchildren, military families, and Congressional guests to celebrate Easter.
Not this year. When the Trump’s  host the high-profile event April 17th, it will be significantly scaled down as a result of a failure to do the necessary advance planning, purchase the wooden eggs given as gifts on time and send out invitations to bring the children and their families to the White House for the celebration. 
“The evidence,” reports The New York Times, “points to a quickly thrown-together affair that people close to the planning said would probably draw about 20,000 people — substantially smaller than last year’s Easter Egg Roll, which drew 37,000 — and be staffed by 200 volunteers, one-fifth of the usual number.”
The person most involved with the Easter Egg Roll typically is the First Lady, which appears to be the problem. Melania Trump, unlike her predecessors, has not moved into the White House or taken as active a role as prior Presidential wives and has been slow to hire her full contingent of staff.

It really doesn't take too much to hire or designate a couple of staff members to take care of this.    Lady, if you hate your job so much, GET OUT.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pink Pink Pink Pink Moon



Because I'm tired of politics.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don Lemon Wins the Internetz

Have you seen this video?  Hysterical....




They did, however, try to convince everyone else that Trump’s weekly vacations are just how he chooses build relationships with other world leaders.
“He can’t do that in D.C., Camp David?” Lemon said, clearly trying to hold back laughter.
Lemon correctly pointed out that Camp David was built for this very purpose, but Ferguson claimed that Florida is a better spot for such meetings because it has warmer temperatures.
To which Lemon replied, “Your golf clubs don’t work in the cold?”
Things rapidly devolved from there into bursts and fits of laughter.

But -- Wasn't golf started in Scotland?  Then, warm climate arguments don't wash.....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Waggin the Dogger

So this morning, a friend on my SIL's FB says,

"John Smith was asked to return to active duty with deployment to Iraq. His 3rd middle east deployment. This was 3 weeks ago when he was approached."

(Name changed to protect the soldier....)

So, ok.  Nerve gas from Assad aside, has anyone heard anything in the wind about war?  Because doesn't DT need congressional approval for that?  I am sure he thinks he can probably just sign an executive order.  Oh, wait, no, he knows that isn't the case....




So, he knows.  And he bombed Assad anyway.

What about this?  

....Putin knows full well that a gas attack like this was likely to prompt at least some kind U.S. military response against Assad. So Putin wouldn’t have been behind this unless he wanted the U.S. to take military action in Syria. And the only logical reason for Putin to want that is if he was trying to set up a win for Donald Trump, which could boost his historically low approval rating. It would also allow Trump to paint himself as being willing to go against Russian interests, as an argument against the most serious charges in the worsening Trump-Russia scandal.

Sounds like this has been in the works for a while now.  Shame on them, for killing babies with nerve gas to make the Orange Fuckhead seem pResidential.

Friday, April 7, 2017

This is How He Does It

Had a death in the family, been very distracted this week.

However, the son of my friend Lisa from A Day in Our Shoes was invited to be in one of Laurie Berkner's videos!   Laurie's after our time, but I know she would have been a hit with Bug, too.

So happy for K!  (He's the one in the red shirt.)  This is the coolest thing ever.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fcuking Fcuk Fcukity Fcuk #Stupidphone

I hate fcuking Samsung.  They roll out the Nougat update for my Verizon S7.  BUGS GALORE.   It totally fcuks up my phone.  Battery dies within three hours from a full charge.  Phone rings and there is no way to answer it.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH.

Plus, who is the stupid asshole who made the icons and font so small you can't read them???

It's just so dumb.  And the bright white background makes reading the teeny fcuking font even worse.  Not to mention, with teeny tiny little fcuking icons, women with fingernails can't press the damn things.

I factory reset.  Let's hope it works.

This is NOT an April Fool's joke.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Yer No Bunny Til Some Bunny....


This was the entertainment of the day....Bunnybun was sheltered from the pouring rain under Bug's car at school for at least 7 hours.   I threw him a carrot before we left for dinner,and when we came back, it was gone, but he was still there.  Bug said he's still there now (I'm back at the hotel).

Evidently he is the "parking lot rabbit" and must live somewhere nearby Bug's apartment. On nice days, he hops around the lot avoiding cars. He's fairly large, so he must be pretty good at it.  It's not a huge lot, but there's not a lot of grass or yardage around, so one wonders where he might be living.

And yes, I am aware that Bug's car is holding up the house. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WTF is Wrong With Bill O'Reilly?

Oh Yeah, he did.
During Fox & Friends, O'Reilly watched a clip of Waters, a black Democrat from California, saying on the House floor that criticism of the president was patriotic.
"We fight against this president and we point out how dangerous he is," Waters said on the floor. "...We're fighting for democracy. We're fighting for America. We're saying to those who say they're patriotic, but they turn a blind eye to the destruction he is about to cause to this country. You are not nearly as patriotic as we are."
O'Reilly was asked for his thoughts on Waters' comments. He instead discussed her appearance.
"I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig," he said, referencing the late soul singer.
While two of the Fox & Friends cohosts joined in on O'Reilly's comments, Ainsley Earnhardt cut in to say she had to defend Waters.
"You can't go after a woman's looks," she said. "I think she's very attractive."
O'Reilly replied, "I didn't say she wasn't attractive... I love James Brown, but it's the same hair."


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chickens Roosting in the White House SWAT Office

Yes, they're coming for You

Led by the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, The White House Office of American Innovation will be an autonomous entity enforcing the president’s will. Described as an internal “SWAT team” of strategic consultants, and staffed with former business executives, the office will cut down democratic rule in favor of top-down authoritarianism.
And the excuse is the same one used to deny equity for minorities, the same one used to dismantle protections for the poor and the same one used to unfairly label and close our public schools – we need to run government like a business. 
But government is not a business. 
The goal of a business is profit for the few. The goal of government is service to the many.
 .  
 All I can say is, Resist.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Antennas are Sixty Bucks at BJs.

Y'all didn't really think Comcrap would let you stream tv without paying more for it, did ya?

Comcast launched a TV streaming service in a few cities back in 2015, and this year, it’s apparently planning a major expansion. According to Reuters, Comcast plans to relaunch its streaming service, currently called Stream, under a new name and make it available everywhere Comcast is offered across the US.
The new service will reportedly be called Xfinity Instant TV, and it sounds fairly similar to what Stream already provides. The report says it could start at $15 per month for major broadcast networks, like ABC and NBC, but it could go up to $40 per month by adding on additional channels, like ESPN.

Xfinity Instant TV would be a competitor to streaming services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, but there’s a really critical detail here: Comcast’s service would only be available to households already paying for Comcast internet service, according to
 Reuters. And if it’s anything like Stream — which, by all means, it appears to be — it likely won’t count against Comcast subscribers’ internet data caps.Stream is currently only available in certain cities within five states — Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Hampshire — so a nationwide launch would be a major expansion. Reuters reports that it could happen in the third quarter of the year.
Data caps?  We don't have those.....

Well, there ya go.  If you were thinking of cutting the cord, this is still a potentially cheaper option (well, until data caps...) than cable.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sorry, Yeah, Ok....

Now that we're done with Trumpdontcare, that he has screwed our relations with Germany, called for patsy Paul Ryan to step down, we get to wait to see if Gorsuch will be The One.  

Gorsuch is the one who was the appellate court judge in the SCOTUS case I observed in January, which I also posted about yesterday.  

Significantly, Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently in confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court's vacant ninth seat, has repeatedly ruled the other way on similar cases.
IDEA's standard of a "free appropriate public education," reads Gorsuch's opinion in one of these cases, also about an autistic child in Colorado, "is not an onerous one." His precedent was directly contradicted by the Supreme Court this week.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn questioned him in light of this new ruling during his hearing, asking:
"Why ... did you want to lower the bar so low? "
Gorsuch responded that he had made a mistake. "I was wrong, Senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent, and I'm sorry."

So, no, we don't want him.  He hates kids with disabilities, and ice road truckers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Younannymouse!

I mean, Unanimous!

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.
The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.
The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district's favor.
The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act guarantees a "free appropriate public education" to all students with disabilities. Today's opinion held that "appropriate" goes further than what the lower courts had held.
"It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not," read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts
I was pretty sure the outcome would be good.  Haven't gotten to read the opinion yet, but it has to be good - Roberts was really "on" that day!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why This Healthcare Bill Should Fail.

Don't want to sound like a broken record, but realize that all school districts bill Medicaid for the services their disabled children receive in school.

If you're at all interested in seeing how much the state school districts would lose if the ability to bill Medicaid would be gone, here's a link with a table of how much each state gets from the Fed, along with how much each district in Pennsylvania gets.  FYI, Pennsyltucky gets the 4th most Federal Medicaid $$ in the nation.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Busted or Done?

So Trumpy-poo is Making Congress Vote?

The move to delay the vote came after House conservatives said there was no deal struck on the bill following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. According to the NBC News vote count, GOP leaders were still at least eight votes short of winning enough backing for passage.

Either something is up, and they are all lying to us (which would be nothing new), or he is going to set it up so that most of Congress is going to lose their jobs in 2018....

One can dream......


Friday, March 17, 2017

Top o'the Morning To Ya!

Our article is now on the DC NBC website.  If you could take a second and just click on it, so that it gets bumped to the front page, we'd really appreciate it!!!   Thanks muchly!!!




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Who the Hell, is Right....

Really.  Who the FUCK cuts Meals on Wheels from the budget???  I mean, I don't even know any Rethugs who think MOW is a bad, nasty, expensive thing....

Who in the hell zeroes out Meals on Wheels? Who decides that a program that spends $3 million to help volunteers feed the elderly and infirm in their communities is something that the country can no longer afford? Who are the men in the meetings who make this kind of call? What are their names? Trot them out so the country knows who they are. C'mon, David Brooks, find out who they are and explain why National Greatness Conservatism has a problem with starving elderly shut-ins.
The National Endowment For The Arts? The National Endowment For The Humanities? The Corporation For Public Broadcasting?
Who in the hell zeroes out the NEA, or the NEH, or the CPB? Who decides that rural museums, and Ken Burns, and Antiques Roadshow are too elitist for a country full of righteous bumpkins? I'll tell you who does. Newt Gingrich does, that's who, and 23 years ago Newt Gingrich was the superstar of the conservative movement, the intellectual anchor of the modern Right, until, of course, he became a public embarrassment. You know who else does? George Effing Will, just today, that's who. These programs did not become targets last November.

Now, I actually get the NEA.  It's been dead for quite a while.  They haven't given shit to orchestras in years.   And the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets plenty of money from the Soros and Kroc.  

I'm more concerned about the Medicaid BS and the EPA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Know the Answer to This.

The proverbial cardboard box in an alley, that's what.   But they didn't ask me that question.

Inside her Avondale, Chester County, home, Lisa Lightner effortlessly pivots from a conversation about Medicaid to opening the door for a milkman to feeding her son, Kevin, 10. In a moment she looks away, Kevin pushes a small bowl of macaroni off the tray of his specialized wheelchair. Now, Mom is cleaning up his mostly uneaten dinner from the floor.  
Three friends who live with the same struggle -- running a household and caring for a disabled child -- sit nearby and each testify to Lightner's unique ability to juggle tasks. 
"She's unbelievable," one friend, Lynn Thomas Guidetti, says. "I don't know how she does it."
Guidetti is referring to how Lightner also writes an advocacy blog about special needs children and volunteers as a Democratic committeewoman in Chester County.
Lightner then puts into words what she and her friends, Guidetti, Susan Rzucidlo and Laura Boyer, now confront more than ever.
"What will happen to him after I'm gone? This is something I ask myself all the time."
Her son lives with severe forms of epilepsy and intellectual disability. He will depend on his mother and father for the rest of his life. 
"Why is all this being done on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens?" Lightner asked. 
She and the other women have vowed to fight any legislation that would decrease Medicaid's ability to those most vulnerable Americans. All see the federal program as greatly improving their children's lives.
"All budgets reflect values and if you’re cutting Medicaid, what do you really value?” Rzucidlo said.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Going After the Weak.

That's what Trump is trying to do with this latest bill repealing the ACA....put a clause in there to cut Medicaid.   You know, the insurance for disabled children and adults, and also the elderly poor....it's what keeps Grandma in the nursing home without the family having to go broke.

"That would mark a dramatic shift for the state-federal program that has operated as an entitlement since its inception in 1965. And, such a change would trigger deep consequences for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to access everything from doctors to support services to live in the community, advocates say.
“The legislation revealed by House Republicans … is a giant step backwards in the treatment and care of individuals with disabilities,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network. “It caps Medicaid funding which means a sharp reduction in services and availability of this important health care lifeline for children and adults with disabilities. In short, this plan is terrible.”

There are SO many people who still don't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  Even after people sit there and explain it to them, they still revert to Rethug jargon.  I guess it's easier to stick your head into the sand.  Until, of course, you're the one who needs the nursing home, right?

Putting caps on Medicaid is no different than cutting it.  So, you can say goodbye to your kid's ABA, wraparound therapy services, aides in school, speech/occupational therapists, social skills, adult waivers - oh that's right, the providers don't take Medicaid.....mental health services and the pharmaceuticals that go with them, respite for families.

You can say, oh, they won't pass it.  They may not.  And again, they may.  Do we really trust them?  Bernie can do all the town halls he wants.  They can agree with them on MSNBC all he wants.  It doesn't make them "get it."

Get this.  Cuts in Medicaid will actually KILL PEOPLE.

Blizzard my Asss.

So we're supposed to be getting a snowpocalypse.....were supposed to get 18-24"" of snow overnight, so far, maybe 4"....and a crapload of ice.  The news has all kinds of info on "speed restrictions" - hey, I think that if people are driving on ice, it won't matter how slow they go.... I love a good snow.  This stuff we're getting, not so much.

I just got up and turned up the heat.   Remembering an ice storm from 3 years ago where we lost electricty for almost 4 days.  That was lovely.   And after we got the power back, we found that we had lost trees, so many of our 100' arbor vitae had split in half.  Some into the roof of our shed.  Some into the yard.  It wasn't enough to totally decimate the wall of privacy but I fully expect it to go one of these winters.  If we ever get any snow again....real snow....

Here's hoping you don't have too much ice to deal with.  My poor flowers....

Friday, March 10, 2017

Don't Watch....Read

That is my mantra.  I am done with TV news, I have no idea how they even look themselves in the mirror, for all the flipping and flopping....

Since the election, I want to smack:  Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC for putting Greta VanSustern on there (UGH PLEASE), everyone on the TODAY show.  Shit, Brian Williams is actually relief from the madness.

I have been reading online news a lot more - good stuff, not Fake News - and also watching some things on YouTube, like good old Olbermann.

But there is so much out there, and the noise is deafening.  The only cable network I can stand to watch any more is TCM.   Yes, I have my favorite shows (Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland, Shameless) - but since they aren't on all year round, I have no need of regular TV.

A friend says, it's an escape!  What am I escaping from?  Stupidity?  Horrible shit?  That's on TV.  All over the place.  It's more of an escape to turn the thing off.

I wish I could convince the rest of Amurrika that regular TV is half the problem.  Maybe more.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

640,000, To Be Exact.

That is how many disabled children rely on Medicaid in Pennsylvania.

Both proposals represent the most sweeping overhauls to Medicaid in a generation. Some budget analysts and advocates have said the proposals would decrease funding by 25 to 30 percent and leave service providers as wide-ranging as hospitals and school districts fighting for federal dollars each year.
George said block grants would fundamentally change the way Pennsylvania allocates for psychiatric services, speech and language therapy, social workers and in-school special education.
Pennsylvania’s use of Medicaid for special needs services dates to a 1988 federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It's not a very stable funding method, George said, and the Republican proposals would be drastic. 
“Medicaid was always intended to supplement education,” George said. “In Pennsylvania, you could argue it supplants education."
 (snip)
“Once you block grant a program, it diminishes over several years, and can eventually go away,” Valentina Viletto, director of MCIU’s community and government relations, said. “When you hear about privatization, this is the beginning of that kind of process. This is a national issue.”

People moved to Pennsylvania in Droves for years because we had better services than most other states.   Now, if these Medicaid cuts and block grants pass, it just won't matter where you are any more.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

He Has a Point

Steven Singer from my newest blogggroll addition, that is....a "War on Ignorance", indeed -

But watching the orange one speaking to Congress last night, I got an idea. I know how to get this dimwitted blowhard to support public schools. And every conservative lawmaker will back him up.
 Sound impossible? Not really. But the best part is we don’t need the Democrats to do a darn thing. As if they could. Their thumbs are planted so firmly up their own asses it would take an army of proctologists to save the party.
We don’t need them. All we need is language. Just rename things. ....(snip)
Here’s plan: Trump wants to increase military spending by $54 billion. So we reclassify education as a branch of the military.
Defense spending already tops $600 billion a year. Federal education spending is only about $70 billion.
 I know what you’re thinking. If we do that, the armed forces are going to gobble up school funding. Not necessarily.
They can’t spend all the money they get now! The waste, fraud and abuse in the military is legendary. Piles of money – literally piles of cash – simply go missing and no one knows where they went or is held responsible.

There is definitely an in there, because uneducated people make lousy ass troops.  Can't think on your feet if you can't think, period.

Someone out there HAS to be able to think up a way for something like this to actually work.  You can say this is funny, but what they want to do to the educational system now is far from a laugh.  Something has to happen, and soon, before DeVos finds her pencils.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Gerry Mandering Busted

It's about time we got something in our favor....how long before it trickles down to PA, who can tell?

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court corrected a serious error by a lower federal court that, if allowed to spread throughout the judiciary, could have significantly bolstered future attempts to draw gerrymandered districts.
Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections concerns 12 Virginia state legislative districts that were allegedly drawn as racial gerrymanders. Each district was drawn to ensure that black voters would make up at least 55 percent of the district’s voters. The state claims it did this in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act as it stood prior to the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision gutting much of the law.
The Court largely avoided the question of whether 11 of the 12 districts were drawn lawfully, sending the districts back down to the lower court for reconsideration. It did, however, correct a mistake by the lower court that would have effectively allowed illegal gerrymanders to thrive so long as they are pretty.
“An essential premise of” the lower court’s opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy explained on behalf of the Court, is that map is not an illegal racial gerrymander unless “there is an ‘actual conflict between traditional redistricting criteria and race that leads to the subordination of the former.’”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Isn't Everything Obama's Fault?

Seriously, now.....what a dipshit....

In an interview Monday with Fox News Channel, Trump said that he believes his predecessor is helping to organize the protests -- even though there is no evidence that Obama has been personally involved in mobilizing opposition to Trump.
"I think that President Obama is behind it because his people certainly are behind it," Trump said. "In terms of him being behind things, that's politics. It will probably continue."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Potty Mouth



Of course, they were a lot grosser than, say, school bathrooms.....of course, the schools are the ones going up against the Shitgibbon's BS.....

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Board No More

I'm really bummed.  IMDB closed their message boards.   They tried to blame it on trolls - but ya know, those can be dealt with.  Lazy shits.

Moi, being a foreign and vintage movie lover, never saw them.  The trolls evidently hang where the newer movies are, and never bothered with movies that were over their heads.

While IMDb’s message boards have never been a paragon of challenging critical discourse, they have offered an accessible platform through which to have fun talking about cinema. They represented a lively and often bellicose online community that for many will be missed. Film blogger and cinema studies master’s student Caroline Madden has been an active member of the boards for 11 years, first using them as a teenager when she didn’t have friends who shared her passion for film.
“I made friends on the message boards over my favorite film and actor at the time, Moulin Rouge and Ewan McGregor. We would trade fan-fiction ideas, our favourite parts of the film and generally fangirl about Ewan McGregor.”

I remember many actors and crew members posting on the boards themselves.  This is history, just GONE.   The actor from Uncle Nino posting on the board for his movie, and for his own actor's page board....crew from a 1940s Bette Davis movie giving the scoop...you can't replace this.  Shame on them.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thai, Anyone?

I'm learning to cook Thai.  Discovered there is a pretty good restaurant near my son's school, and I'm sold.  Hub is ok with it as long as it's not real hot - which at least I can control.

Anyone with suggestions of good dishes - or online resources you particularly like - I appreciate your input!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What Is and What Isn't Fake News


I like this chart.  I hope you can read it - some of the news sources are kinda small print.  But it's good for when people say, "I read it on Breitbart!" and you can show them just how much trash that really is....




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THIS is Medicaid

The Huffington Post has just printed the best article explaining Medicaid that I have ever read.

Chances are, you probably know someone who benefits from Medicaid:
  • Your child’s classmate with cerebral palsy might rely on Medicaid for crutches, physical therapy, and transportation to get to and from medical appointments and after-school programs.
  • Your elderly neighbor’s primary form of health care might be Medicaid, helping her to stay in her own home and volunteer in your community.
  • The woman with intellectual disability working as a part-time bagger at your local grocery store might use a Medicaid personal care attendant to help her eat, bathe, dress, and get to work.
Can you imagine if your child’s classmate, your elderly neighbor, or the worker at your local grocery couldn’t get medical care, or was forced into a nursing home or institution because they couldn’t get the services and supports they need?

I think I might cry, the rest is so good.  I want to shove it down a few people's throats, too.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Heart is Broken

I was planning on going to his concert here next month.........
Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76.
His death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon, who said that Mr. Jarreau had been hospitalized for exhaustion two weeks ago. On the advice of his doctors, he had canceled his tour dates and retired from touring.
Mr. Jarreau did not begin a full-time musical career until he was nearly 30, but within a few years he had begun attracting notice for a vocal style that was both instantly appealing and highly unusual. Critics were particularly taken by his improvisational dexterity, in particular his virtuosic ability to produce an array of vocalizations ranging from delicious nonsense to clicks and growls to quasi-instrumental sounds.
Sad, sad Monday.  Here is one of my favorites, which I got to see him perform live from about 20 feet away in Philly back in '79.



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Keep These in Mind

This is a list of those Republican senators who voted for DeVoucher, who are up for nomination in 2018.  These are the people we need to work AGAINST.

None of them are close to *Moi state, of course.  But I will donate to their opponents and do anything else I can.

#WeWontForget



Flake- AZ
Wicker- MS
Fischer- NE
Heller- NV
Corker- TN
Cruz- TX
Hatch- UT
Barrasso- WY

Thursday, February 9, 2017

In Case You Were Wondering....

Here's how much DeVoucher paid all the GOP senators....  Hmmmm.....no Ds on that list.




So, when she dismantles the DOE, and they grub all the money from it, you know who did the most damage and will get the most $$$ out of it.  FUCK them ALL.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sean Who?

I'm sure you've all seen this.   Funniest thing since Kerry Washington did the What Does My Girl Say video...




Here is something you will never forget.  From now on, every time you see him, you will think of this.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

AAAAAAAAAAND THEY'RE OFF

Kentucky, of course.  Land of No Teeth.

On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

PAT TOOMEY is a PIECE OF SHIT

That is all.

No, it isn't.

Fuck you, you fucking fucker.  You suck animal dick, you fucking piece of horse shit.


No Excuses, Redux.

Sometimes I don't have anything to say.  Other days, I am overwhelmed.....others, I am out at Bug's (like this past weekend).  But, I'm baack!

Have been very involved with the DeVos hearings.  Trying to lobby, writing letters, making phone calls, tweeting, faxing - watching - which eats my data.

One of the things that really pisses me off about this is that it is blatantly all about the big, sloppy, money orgy.   The Rs spent their weekend with Trumplethinskin in Mar-a-Lago and all his big money friends.  Was DeVos there?  Maybe her wallet was....

This morning has been great.   The "debate" has been full of excellent point.

Sherrod Brown was awesome, talking about how the Rs suck the money out of any area that is lucrative and then leave it to rot and die.  That's one of Hub's worst peeves.....

Claire McCaskill just killed it, talking about how busing all the kids who will go to these charters will cost the rural districts in Missouri millions of dollars.  I have been talking about this for months.

Patty Murray looks as fresh as a daisy.  There must be locker rooms there somewhere so that they can shower.

The vote is at noon.  Pat Toomey is still a maybe.  Supposedly.  I think he's a DeVos hag. He doesn't care if he's re-elected, he is going to get some big lobbying job when he's done. He was with the Koch brothers last week.  Fucking Waldo.

I will say that the people lobbying him have been relentless.  So much so that his phones have gone down several times.  He put a post on his Facebook page telling people to use his website to contact him.  It's down.  And there are over 28,000 comments on the post - 24,000 of which were there within 10 hours.  Heh.

I know several Rs who have vowed to go door to door supporting his opponent.  There is a $3.5M fund someone has raised which money will go to his opponent.  That actually might be better spent keeping Sen. Casey....or even Gov. Wolf.....




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Have You Seen This Man?


He's been missing for quite some time.   Many people have been to all eight of his office to see him, but to no avail.......he's supposed to be in his Philly office every Tuesday for office hours, but has not been in quite some time.   Not there any of the other days, either....



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Peeples 2 B In Charge

So names are being thrown around for future elections.  Who could beat Trump?  What about the DNC chair?

This question has been punted around our "secret" Facebook group for PA people who want to complain about politics.  ;)  Let's chat about the President, since he's the one we want to get rid of most.....

Of course, we all wish Oprah would run.  Hey, she certainly can't be any less qualified than Cheeto Head, and SHE hasn't declared bankruptcy 3x.

Outside of Bernie (who IMO is just going to be too old, even though I love him dearly), Cory Booker seems to be the one I hear most.  But, he voted against cheaper prescriptions, is the main complaint.   I think he's still a wee bit green.....

Then you get Caroline Kennedy.  She's been booted from her ambassadorship, and we hear she is finally coming out and running for Senate.

Someone suggested our senator (the one with brain cells) Bob Casey.  Problem with him, he is the Perry Como of the Senate.  ZZZzzzzzzzz.......  You could not listen to him speak without eventually zoning out.  You tell me....



All I can see is that SCTV imitation of Perry Como....



Personally, I like Cecile Richards.  NO BS there.   And Jennifer Granholme.  And I would think guys might like to vote for good looking women who aren't "threatening"....even though, yes, Cecile an PP.  But still......  Tammy Duckworth is another, and I also like Joaquin Castro - but I think he might be a little green as well.

Or, Maggie Hassan?

Got any suggestions?



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Letter to the Senator

Dear Senator %^&#(*^_,

While I can appreciate your desire to network away from DC or Pennsylvania (Ed: The fucker was with the Koch Bros), now is not the time to do it. Your staff is overwhelmed, no one answers phones or emails or anything else – and it is NOT the fault of your constituents.   The Powers That Be know that there will be so many things to have to pay attention to, and they are not just doing it to the taxpayers of this country, of Pennsylvania. They are doing it to YOU, sir, and you are not standing up for us in return.

We all know that what has been going on the last 10 days are NOT how government is supposed to work.  30 Executive orders in 10 days?  You know it, and so do we.   You have left us, however, to fend for ourselves, and it does not seem that you are on our side as much as you might think you are.

Parents notice when our children’s medical insurance is threatened.  We notice when our children with disabilities are threatened with becoming “pre-existing conditions” – and please don’t say, HE didn’t want that.  Yes, he did.   We notice when people with absolutely not one lick of public school experience are being shoved down our throats to become “education secretary”.   Taxpayers notice when lawmakers compare people pre-existing conditions (which Includes people with disabilities) to "burned-down houses."

That, by the way, was about as undignified a comparison as I have ever heard coming from a lawmaker.  I am ashamed to say I live in Pennsylvania, and that you are our Senator.  And I do think that you owe the disability community an apology.

I have an adult son with autism.  He gets No services whatsoever.  However, he is good at learning - he is a graduate of XXX University, was an intern at the Smithsonian this past fall, and is now a grad student at XOXO University of PA.  But he Needs Supports in order to live independently.  And yes, he votes.  With block grants, the likelihood of his being able to ever get services is close to nil, and there will always be people who appear to need them more (invisible disabilities are like that). We parents are not getting any younger; my husband has been retired for 14 years.

In addition, when the Medicaid block grants come through, and children with multiple disabilities who cost twice what the cap is end up becoming adults who cost twice what the cap is, those “burning down houses” will be smack on your doorstep.  And their voting parents will not be happy.

Taxpayers notice when the people they hire do not do their jobs.   You were hired to represent US.  You were hired to do a job for US.  Pennsylvanians.   It does not matter the party, whether rich or poor.  If you do not want to do that job, then please relinquish your seat and allow us to elect to someone who does.

Please, Senator &^($_^%@.  WORK FOR US.   Vote NO on DeVos.  Vote NO on Sessions, too - he did, after all, call our disabled children “IRRITATING.”    How worthy, how dignified, how considerate.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Stealth Staffage

How fun is this? Someone in the White House is squealing on El Orange....well, they were, until the account went poof....


On Wednesday, a twitter account was briefly active before being shut down. The tweeter, @WhiteHouseLeak, is an anonymous mid-level staffer in the West Wing of the White House, who described a chaotic atmosphere, a demoralized staff, and an unfocused and irrational President incapable of processing information. The staffer is a Republican who apparently worked on the Trump campaign, but is now thoroughly disillusioned by what has been going on. During his brief presence he was tweeting to real reporters, including Fox News and the New York Daily News.
It is impossible to know if the leaker shuttered the account himself or was outed.

They will not be the last, I'm sure.  Lots of people are freaked, it seems.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Roll Call

Below is a post that has been going around the Facebook feeds.  Someone is keeping a tally.  It does not include today....

Those who study authoritarian regimes suggest keeping a list of  abnormal events after a demagogue is elected, as a way to remind  yourself that this isn't normal and to keep from being overwhelmed into  acceptance by the onslaught of attacks on our rights.

Here is a list below. We are 4 days in.

As the author says, "when you see all of this in one list, it is easy  to get overwhelmed, at first-- it is also easy to see a pattern and to  finally, finally recognize that none of this is normal, nor is it ok."

 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the DOJ’s Violence Against Women programs.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Minority Business Development Agency.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Economic Development Administration.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the International Trade Administration.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Legal Services Corporation.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the DOJ.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy Reliability.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
 * On January 19th, 2017, DT said that he would cut funding for the Office of Fossil Energy.

 * On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered all regulatory powers of all federal agencies frozen.
 * On January 20th, 2017, DT ordered the National Parks Service to stop  using social media after RTing factual, side by side photos of the  crowds for the 2009 and 2017 inaugurations.
 * On January 20th, 2017,  roughly 230 protestors were arrested in DC and face unprecedented  felony riot charges. Among them were legal observers, journalists, and  medics.
 * On January 20th, 2017, a member of the International  Workers of the World was shot in the stomach at an anti-fascist protest  in Seattle. He remains in critical condition.

 * On January 21st,  2017, DT brought a group of 40 cheerleaders to a meeting with the CIA to  cheer for him during a speech that consisted almost entirely of framing  himself as the victim of dishonest press.
 * On January 21st, 2017,  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press conference largely  to attack the press for accurately reporting the size of attendance at  the inaugural festivities, saying that the inauguration had the largest  audience of any in history, “period.”

 * On January 22nd, 2017, White  House advisor Kellyann Conway defended Spicer’s lies as “alternative  facts” on national television news.
 * On January 22nd, 2017, DT  appeared to blow a kiss to director James Comey during a meeting with  the FBI, and then opened his arms in a gesture of strange, paternal  affection, before hugging him with a pat on the back.

 * On January  23rd, 2017, DT reinstated the global gag order, which defunds  international organizations that even mention abortion as a medical  option.
 * On January 23rd, 2017, Spicer said that the US will not  tolerate China’s expansion onto islands in the South China Sea,  essentially threatening war with China.
 * On January 23rd, 2017, DT repeated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing him the popular vote.
  * On January 23rd, 2017, it was announced that the man who shot the  anti-fascist protester in Seattle was released without charges, despite  turning himself in.

 * On January 24th, 2017, Spicer reiterated the lie that 3-5 million people voted “illegally” thus costing DT the popular vote.
  * On January 24th, 2017, DT tweeted a picture from his personal Twitter  account of a photo he says depicts the crowd at his inauguration and  will hang in the White House press room. The photo is of the 2009  inauguration of 44th President Barack Obama, and is curiously dated  January 21st, 2017, the day AFTER the inauguration and the day of the  Women’s March, the largest inauguration related protest in history.
 *  On January 24th, 2017, the EPA was ordered to stop communicating with  the public through social media or the press and to freeze all grants  and contracts.
 * On January 24th, 2017, the USDA was ordered to stop  communicating with the public through social media or the press and to  stop publishing any papers or research. All communication with the press  would also have to be authorized and vetted by the White House.
 *  On January 24th, 2017, HR7, a bill that would prohibit federal funding  not only to abortion service providers, but to any insurance coverage,  including Medicaid, that provides abortion coverage, went to the floor  of the House for a vote.
 * On January 24th, 2017, Director of the  Department of Health and Human Service nominee Tom Price characterized  federal guidelines on transgender equality as “absurd.”
 * On January  24th, 2017, DT ordered the resumption of construction on the Dakota  Access Pipeline, while the North Dakota state congress considers a bill  that would legalize hitting and killing protestors with cars if they are  on roadways.
 * On January 24th, 2017, it was discovered that police  officers had used confiscated cell phones to search the emails and  messages of the 230 demonstrators now facing felony riot charges for  protesting on January 20th, including lawyers and journalists whose  email accounts contain privileged information of clients and sources.

 (Copied and pasted originally from Susan Derwin via Amy Caraballo on Facebook)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Call. NOW.

To my Republican teacher friends.... I know that some of you do not like DeVos, I have talked to you. If you really understand what she could do to public education, you HAVE to call Toomey's office THIS WEEK. If you don't understand, read up on it. If you think this is only going to affect city schools, Think Again. You're ALL toast.

Music and arts programs will be the FIRST to go bye-bye. All that money they lose from vouchers will come out of what is seen as the "least important" classes. They're going to block grant Medicaid, so the districts will not be able to bill for special ed services (parents won't let them because of caps). Those services cost $$$$ and are federal law, and they will have to come up with the money from somewhere. Guess Where??? To my classroom teacher friends - they don't care about your planning period during General Music class. They don't care about unions as it is.

YES, there is someone better out there. I personally don't know any on your side of the aisle, but I would hope there would plenty from whom they could pick. That TPTB picked an uneducated half-illiterate (see English teacher Twitter markup) Amway sales multi-billionaire tells ya something - that they don't care a whit about public education.

Pennsyltuckians - Pat Toomey wants to be re-elected in 6 years. Would you vote for him if he votes with her? Unless you hit the lottery and can afford private school, your grandchildren will be subject to the fallout. Good luck with that. CALL TOOMEY'S office before the 31st. If a mailbox is full, call the next one on the list. He has EIGHT.

Those of you from other states, do the same for your own Republican senators.